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EU Talks

Asked if the Prime Minister would be pressing his "three Turkish Delights" on Chancellor Schroeder later, the PMOS in turn asked if the journalist was referring to a newspaper article in "The Guardian", and if so, then the line on the article was "it was nonsense". The PMOS said it was very clear what the government’s position on Turkey was. We were in favour of negotiations beginning in 2005, and the Commission Report of 6th October had said that Turkey fulfilled the Copenhagen Criteria, and therefore we believed it should be followed through.

Asked if the latter half of 2005 would be seen as a delay to the proceedings, when it was discussed that proceeding should be started as soon as possible, the PMOS replied that what was important was there should be a firm commitment to negotiations beginning. The rest was detail that could be sorted.

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